BRTE Management

The BRTE Programme engages across colleges and schools at UCD.  The Management Committee has evolved since the submission of the original BRTE proposal to include:

  • Prof Alex Evans – School of Agriculture and Food Science;
  • Prof Brendan Drumm – School of Medicine;
  • Prof Ciaran Sugrue – School of Education;
  • Prof Joe Carthy – Principal of College of Science;
  • Prof Mark Richardson – School of Engineering;
  • Dr Marion Rowland – School of Medicine; and
  • Dr Pat Gibbons – Co-ordinator of the BRTE Programme

These colleagues have all visited Sodo and met with their counterparts in relevant schools and faculties at WSU.  In addition a team of five UCD administrative staff visited WSU IN November 2017 to familiarise themselves with the existing academic critical infrastructure at WSU in preparation for supporting the WSU Team that will visit UCD in Feb 2018.The following management structure is proposed for BRTE UCD.

BRTE Management Committee in UCD –includes a representative from each of academic sub-groups engaged in the BRTE Programme.  Consideration should be given to co-opting a colleague from the Admin WP onto the management committee together with someone from UCD Communications.  The project manager will be responsible for arranging meetings, taking minutes and circulating minutes to all Board members. It is envisaged that this Management Committee should meet every quarter In advance of the BRTE Programme Management Board.  A similar structure will be established in WSU.

Admin WP Sub-group – includes a representative(s) from IT services, buildings, registry and library.  This sub-group is currently working on the strategy to support WSU administration team that will visit UCD from Feb-April 2018. It is suggested that one or more representatives for this sub-group be co-opted onto the Management Committee.

Academic Sub-groups – each group is represented on the Management Committee.  These representatives are responsible for:

  • Liaising with their counterparts in WSU concerning education and research programmes in their respective disciplines;
  • Liaising with relevant personnel in their college and/ school with an interest in the BRTE programme;
  • Identifying potential education programmes/ module of interest for consideration in WP 3. Identifying appropriate modalities to be employed e.g. instructor exchanges on common programmes, developing joint modules, e-learning modules, and/or blended methods;
  • Identifying research issues, experienced researchers and/ or early stage researchers to engage in WP 4.

This process has already begun to various level in different sub-groups.

Each sub-group should consider if and how they wish to engage in both WPs.  Discussions need to begin at the earliest to identify the number of secondment allocated to each academic discipline. The range of possibilities are presented in the attached ‘Secondment per Work Package’ document.

It is envisaged that the sub-groups will be able to work with Administrative staff from WSU who are visiting between Feb and April 2018

Dissemination and Communications Committee – Already the Office of the VP for Research has requested a press release to communicate the BRTE to Brussels and to highlight UCD’s engagement in ‘resilience research’.  Other external stakeholders such as Irish Aid and various companies have shown significant interest in the BRTE initiative.  The Management Committee needs to consider a number of issues conerning the dissemination and communication communications including:

  • Select a Chairperson for this committee;
  • Establish a dissemination and communication strategy for UCD in the BRTE that feeds into the the Programme’s strategy;
  • Establish with some urgency a concept document on BRTE that include agreed understanding of the key terms and philosophy guiding the BRTE Programme